Kiska in captivity at Marineland

I went to Marineland on opening day May 17, 2012. It was very hard to witness and see the sad lone killer whale named Kiska circling her pool. I took lots of photos and some video as well. You can see the sadness in her eyes. I will be posting more very soon. The is the one and only Orca whale in captivity in Canada at the moment. She was caught in the wild and has been living out her life in captivity. Why do we keep whales prisoners like this? Or any animal for that matter? For us to look at and entertain us? It is very sad.

I watched children say “Wooooowwww” and stand in amazement watching her. Most of them requested their parents to take a photo of them standing in front of the whale.

I sat with her on the edge of her pool in the underwater viewing area for a couple of hours. Sometimes there was a crowd watching her  and then after a few family photos, they would clear out and it would be empty again.

I wondered what she was thinking. I wondered how she felt inside.

A Marineland whale trailer worker came up to me and asked me if I was a “Whale nut”? Probably because I was watching her for so long. He asked if I wanted to hear more information about Kiska. He told me how she was originally taken from Icelandic waters when she was young. And she has been at Marineland since the early 70′s. She used to be the main whale who did all of the whale shows at Marineland. She also birthed a few young but most of them have died. Now because of her age, she is considered “retired”.

She lives alone in a pool with artificial salt water (the park adds what they feel is the correct amount of salt to the fresh water) to keep the whale buoyant and to artificially replica the ocean.

There are a couple of rocks at the bottom of her tank and rock formations around the edges of the pool. She circles these rocks over and over again…

Her dorsal fin is wobbly and not strait. Her eyes stare deep to the bottom of the pool as she circles over and over again…

It is very sad.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4plHB92s6w&w=640&h=390]

I will be shooting a film this summer 2012 on Vancouver Island featuring the killer whales in their natural habitat. Support an Orca Whale Documentary here: http://www.indiegogo.com/orcadoc2012?a=507914

0 thoughts on “Kiska in captivity at Marineland”

  1. This is indeed very sad. I love animals of all types, but, like you, I don’t like seeing them in captivity. Unfortunately, even if these animals could tell us how they felt, I don’t think that would stop humans from capturing them and locking them up.

  2. This is indeed very sad. I love animals of all types, but, like you, I don’t like seeing them in captivity. Unfortunately, even if these animals could tell us how they felt, I don’t think that would stop humans from capturing them and locking them up.

  3. A species with a brain larger then humans, subjected to a life worse then a goldfish. Marineland is and will continue to be one of the biggest disgraces next to the tar sands in Canadian history. Look at that poor mammal, put in a large empty blue tank forced to go in circles it’s entire life.
    If I got a big pool in my backyard, bought a giant whale and put it there, and treated it badly I’d go to jail for animal cruelty, I don’t get why that place is allowed to do it hundreds of times over.

  4. A species with a brain larger then humans, subjected to a life worse then a goldfish. Marineland is and will continue to be one of the biggest disgraces next to the tar sands in Canadian history. Look at that poor mammal, put in a large empty blue tank forced to go in circles it’s entire life.
    If I got a big pool in my backyard, bought a giant whale and put it there, and treated it badly I’d go to jail for animal cruelty, I don’t get why that place is allowed to do it hundreds of times over.

  5. Thank you for the update, we’ve been worried about her since Ike left. All alone for the first time in her life.

    Why is she retired?. She’s the same age as Katina and Kasatka who still do full shows and complex behaviors. They treat Kiska as if she’s some old cripple. Unless she has some undisclosed medical condition.

  6. Thank you for the update, we’ve been worried about her since Ike left. All alone for the first time in her life.

    Why is she retired?. She’s the same age as Katina and Kasatka who still do full shows and complex behaviors. They treat Kiska as if she’s some old cripple. Unless she has some undisclosed medical condition.

  7. When I moved to Niagara in 2005 I went to Marineland every weekend and sat in the whale watching area for hours. I was grieving the death of Neocia. I used to watch Athena and her Momma. I met a trainer named Tom there. Initially he would not talk to me or answer any questions but after a few visits he reluctantly talked to me about Neocia. He said that he worked there for almost 30 yrs and he remembered the day that the whales arrived from Iceland, and Neocia’s birth. I haven’t been to the park in 4 years and he is probably retired now. I am heart-sick about whales in captivity. I am grateful for Marine Animal Defense and people like you who are working so hard for this cause.

  8. When I moved to Niagara in 2005 I went to Marineland every weekend and sat in the whale watching area for hours. I was grieving the death of Neocia. I used to watch Athena and her Momma. I met a trainer named Tom there. Initially he would not talk to me or answer any questions but after a few visits he reluctantly talked to me about Neocia. He said that he worked there for almost 30 yrs and he remembered the day that the whales arrived from Iceland, and Neocia’s birth. I haven’t been to the park in 4 years and he is probably retired now. I am heart-sick about whales in captivity. I am grateful for Marine Animal Defense and people like you who are working so hard for this cause.

  9. Thank you for speaking up for Kiska. The more aware people are, hopefully, in the future, these kind of shows will be a thing of the past and these magnificent whales will be right where they belong, free to roam the heart of the ocean.

  10. Thank you for speaking up for Kiska. The more aware people are, hopefully, in the future, these kind of shows will be a thing of the past and these magnificent whales will be right where they belong, free to roam the heart of the ocean.

  11. Not only does Kiska need companionship, she needs to be back in the ocean. I imagine she might have to be slowly integrated back in to her natural habitat. Then and only then will you see Kiska come alive.
    How would Holer like to be isolated from human interaction??? Or for that matter, any of the so called Canadian politicians. How can they allow this to happen in a country that’s usually so progressive?
    This has gone on for too long. If Kiska could talk, I’m certain she would ask to leave this hell hole.
    Violet

  12. Not only does Kiska need companionship, she needs to be back in the ocean. I imagine she might have to be slowly integrated back in to her natural habitat. Then and only then will you see Kiska come alive.
    How would Holer like to be isolated from human interaction??? Or for that matter, any of the so called Canadian politicians. How can they allow this to happen in a country that’s usually so progressive?
    This has gone on for too long. If Kiska could talk, I’m certain she would ask to leave this hell hole.
    Violet

  13. What tragic! Kiska! :*( a whale that has been used and raped! Than forgotten! She is in one of the worst marine park!!!! She is retired now There must be a sanctuary where she can at least have companions, love and care! Hasn’t she had enough of suffering? This should never have taken place! All for the money and fat greed !!!! John Holer! A big fat scum that he is!! Stop going to Marine parks to hand him the blood money!

  14. What tragic! Kiska! :*( a whale that has been used and raped! Than forgotten! She is in one of the worst marine park!!!! She is retired now There must be a sanctuary where she can at least have companions, love and care! Hasn’t she had enough of suffering? This should never have taken place! All for the money and fat greed !!!! John Holer! A big fat scum that he is!! Stop going to Marine parks to hand him the blood money!

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